The director settles a lawsuit concerning the use of his image in an advertisement.
Wired PR News – Film director Woody Allen has settled a lawsuit brought against a clothing company regarding the use of his image. As reported by Reuters, the director won a $5 million settlement from American Apparel Inc. shortly before the case was set to go to trial.
As noted by Reuters, Allen sued the company for using his image on billboard advertisements without his permission. The director reportedly does not sell the use of his likeness for commercial benefit in the United States.
Allen is quoted in the report as stating of the case outcome, “Five million dollars is enough to discourage American Apparel or any one else from ever trying such a thing again.” He is further quoted as stating, “Threats and press leaks by American Apparel designed to smear me did not work and a scheme to call a long list of witnesses who had absolutely nothing to do with the case was also disallowed.”
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